Posted Jan 29, 2008 20:08 UTC (Tue) by zooko
In reply to: wanted: Debian/Solaris
Parent article: LCA: The state of Debian
Thanks for the explanation, mbanck. Here's what I learned from the Nexenta FAQ (linked above). It has persuaded me to stop worrying and enjoy using my Nexenta system. (The rest of this comment is all copied directly from the Nexenta FAQ.)
Q: Legal stuff is confusing... Is it actually legal to distribute GPL software along with the CDDL-licensed Solaris core, and in particular, with SUN libc?
A: It is perfectly okay, Nexenta follows in the long tradition of integrating the GNU user land with your favorite OS of choice. Common uses are Fink (MacOSX), Cygwin (Windows), and various Solaris distributions, including Solaris 10 itself. Some of the projects have been doing this with approval for some time:
- Fink (opendarwin/MacOSX .debs using apt-get, based on BSD libc)
- DarwinPorts binaries (similar to the above)
- BlastWave (based on Sun libc)
- Sun community software (sunfreeware) CD w/ Solaris
- IRIX freeware collection
We are on stable legal grounds. This also became extremely clear during the recent GPLv3 discussions. Eben Moglen, General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation, noted that he always believed that GPLv2 should be interpreted in the way GPLv3 now makes explicit. Quoting http://blogs.sun.com/webmink/entry/gpl_v3_released:
Eben made it very clear indeed that he does not regard the
issues that are being raised over Nexenta to be any
kind of a problem even under GPL v2.
For links and references see for instance:
Have no fear!
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